Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
403 PM MDT Tue Apr 17 2018

NMZ507-511>515-517>529-532-533-539-180000-
West Central Highlands-Jemez Mountains-
West Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-
Northern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet/Red River-
Southern Sangre de Cristos above 9500 feet-
East Slopes Sangre de Cristo Mountains-Lower Chama River Valley-
Santa Fe Metro Area-
Middle Rio Grande Valley/Albuquerque Metro Area-
Lower Rio Grande Valley-Sandia/Manzano Mountains-Estancia Valley-
Central Highlands-South Central Highlands-Upper Tularosa Valley-
South Central Mountains-Raton Ridge/Johnson Mesa-
Far Northeast Highlands-Northeast Highlands-
Eastern San Miguel County-Guadalupe County-Eastern Lincoln County-
403 PM MDT Tue Apr 17 2018

...BLOWING DUST REDUCING VISIBILITY FROM THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY
EASTWARD INTO THE HIGH PLAINS OF EASTERN NEW MEXICO...

Strong southwest to west winds will continue lofting widespread
areas of blowing dust across the Rio Grande Valley into the high
plains of eastern New Mexico. Blowing dust will be most hazardous
to travel and air quality immediately downwind of dust prone
areas such as dry arroyo beds, open fields, salt flats, and near
construction sites.

Visibilities will fall to between 2 and 5 miles with localized
areas as low as one half mile in dust prone locations. Areas that
will be most prone to blowing dust and hazardous travel include
Interstate 25 around Socorro, Walking Sands Rest Area, Los Lunas,
San Felipe and Kewa Pueblos, and Las Vegas to Raton. Interstate 40
will also be affected from Grants to the Albuquerque west side.
U.S. Highway 550 will be impacted near Zia Pueblo and San Ysidro.
Visibilities are also being impacted in areas downwind of the salt
flats of Torrance County, including U.S. 285 and Interstate 40
between Clines Corners and Santa Rosa.

Motorists are urged to use caution, slow down, and avoid stopping
on roadways when encountering blowing dust. Pull completely off
of the road shoulder and take your foot off of the brake. Pull
aside, stay alive!

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